A Savvy Week: Weekly Menus

Menus-1Color “A Savvy Week” is a series of weekly dinner menus. By doing a little prep work on the weekend and using a menu focused on one main ingredient, you will be able to make a week’s worth of great meals without spending a lot of time in the kitchen or money on ingredients.

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Savvy Weekly Menus

Row 1, Left to Right: Cilantro lime chicken. Veggie-packed lasagna bolognese. Vegan quinoa corn chowder.
Row 2, Left to Right: Farro pesto salad. Blackened beef with Thai chile noodles. Grilled chicken sandwiches.
Row 3, Left to Right:  Slow-cooked ham in cider gravy. Tilapia tacos with lime mayonnaise. Roasted tomato and pesto omelet.


The Menus:

Caramelized Onions Menu. Recipes include baked rigatoni, creamy Indian lentils (crockpot meal) and BBQ chicken enchiladas.

Pork Shoulder Menu. Recipes include wine-braised pork shoulder, pork ramen for two and a quinoa-vegetable salad.

Loaf of Bread Menu. Recipes include French toast sticks, the best grilled cheese sandwiches, and a crockpot soup.

A Pot of Rice Menu. Recipes include winter vegetable fried rice and bean burrito bowls.

A Pot of Beans Menu. Recipes include beans and pasta and bean burrito bowls or Cincinnati chili.

Chicken and Blood Oranges Menu. Recipes include chicken with mango tangerine glaze, fennel blood orange salad, and chocolate-dipped candied orange peels.

Tilapia and Pesto Menu. Recipes include tomato & feta tilapia, pesto & green bean quinoa and pesto pizza ‘quesadillas.’

Tilapia and Lime Mayonnaise Menu . Recipes include tilapia tacos with lime mayonnaise and cinnamon apple & walnut salad.

Chicken Menu, Take 2. Recipes include coconut curry chicken and tomato feta quinoa.

Eggs and Pasta Menu. Recipes include parsley and tomato pasta.

Italian Dinner Party Menu. Recipes include three kinds of crostini, tomato and parsley pasta, red wine steak, spinach prosciutto salad and Neopolitan ice cream cake.

Chicken and Orzo Menu.  Recipes include brickhouse chicken, chorizo and butternut squash risotto and orzo vegetable soup.

Ham and Winter Vegetables Menu. Recipes include slow-cooked ham in cider gravy, creamy Indian-spiced lentils, winter vegetable fried rice, and creamy potato & broccoli soup.

The Thanksgiving 2012 Menu. 

Comfort and Citrus Menu. Recipes include Moroccan braised lentils, winter vegetable hash, slow-cooker pulled pork, fennel and blood orange salad and roasted chicken with mango tangerine glaze.

Chicken and Chickpeas Menu. Recipes include rosemary skewered pistachio-encrusted chicken (from Bellalimento), chana masala (from Smitten Kitchen),  baked chicken and spinach flautas (from Healthy Delicious) and chickpea hummus burgers (from Daily Garnish).

Mozzarella and Spinach Menu. Recipes include  homemade pizzared lentils and spinach in masala sauce (from Naturally Ella), rustic roasted root vegetable stew and stromboli (from Dinner: A Love Story).

Chicken and Breakfast for Dinner. Recipes include sausage and goat cheese rigatoniwinter vegetable hash with corn and peppers, roast chicken with roasted vegetables, chicken and vegetable stir-fry and almond-oat pancakes.

Butternut Squash & Pizza Night. Recipes include skillet chicken pot pie with butternut squash (from Bon Appetit)butternut squash soup, bean & avocado quesadillas, saag paneer (from Foodess) and cast iron skillet brussels sprouts bacon pizza (from How Sweet Eats).

Salads. Recipes include Thai beef salad (from Not Without Salt), lentil & chickpea salad with feta and tahini (from Smitten Kitchen), blackened chicken salad (from Stay for Dinner) and lemon, olive & parsley quinoa cakes (from Joy the Baker).

Ramps & Asparagus. Recipes include miraculous rice-less risotto with ramps & asparagus (from My New Roots), mirin stout glazed roast chicken (from The Beeroness), simple asparagus & ramp soup (from The First Mess) and roasted tomato and pesto omelet.

Chicken and Millet. Recipes include blackened beef with Thai chile noodles, spring carrot sauté (from 5 second rule), Indian butter chicken (from Foodie Crush), Thai eggs with millet & arugula and grilled chicken sandwiches.

Zucchini and Bacon. Recipes include grilled bacon salad with arugula and balsamic (from Smitten Kitchen), zucchini summer skillet with poached eggs and garlic butter baguettes (from How Sweet It Is), zucchini ribbons in vegan pesto alfredo sauce (from Food Loves Writing), farro pesto salad and flank steak with garlic butter sauce (from Baked Bree).

Canning Week. Recipes include quinoa salad with Tibetan herb dressing (from Healthy Delicious), pesto pizza quesadillas, the best grilled cheese and raw pad Thai (from What’s Cooking Good Looking).

Sausage and Black Beans. Recipes include veggie-packed lasagna bolognese, smothered chicken and quinoa skillet (from Healthy Delicious), meatloaf sandwiches with pickled onions and aiolicarrot-cranberry salad (from SparkRecipes) and tortilla pie with black beans and zucchini (from Oh My Veggies).

A Savvy Thanksgiving 2013. Recipes include Mexican hot chocolate roasted pecanssavory pumpkin dip (from Gimme Some Oven), roast heritage turkey with bacon-herb and cider gravy (from Bon Appetit), spicy chorizo cornbread sage dressing (from Boulder Locavore), ginger-glazed carrotspan-roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans and Romano cheese, Mom’s wineberry salad and more.

Cilantro and Spice. Recipes include cilantro lime chicken, chipotle sweet potato and brown rice egg skillet (from Naturally Ella), vegan quinoa corn chowder, lightened-up beef enchiladas (from How Sweet It Is) and baked panko fish sticks (from Love and Olive Oil).

End of Winter, with Naan. Recipes include curried cauliflower soup (from Cookie + Kate), naan (from The Foodess), butter chicken curry (from Simply Delicious), Meyer lemon and rosemary mac and cheese (from Local Kitchen), vegan quinoa corn chowdersavory scones with caramelized onions and prosciutto and healthier chicken and waffles.